Shanghai film fest opens with star-studded red carpet

The 21st Shanghai International Film Festival raised its curtain on the evening of June 16 at Shanghai Grand Theater with a star-studded red carpet and a grand opening ceremony.

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American actor Nicolas Cage poses for photos on the red carpet of Shanghai International Film Festival on June 16, 2018.

Chinese actress Li Bingbing poses for photos on the red carpet of Shanghai International Film Festival on June 16, 2018.

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British actor Jason Statham poses for photos on the red carpet of Shanghai International Film Festival on June 16, 2018.

The 21st Shanghai International Film Festival raised its curtain on the evening of June 16 at Shanghai Grand Theater with a star-studded red carpet and a grand opening ceremony.

Several hundred film celebrities from home and abroad walked down the red carpet. 

Among the stars were American actor Nicolas Cage, Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, Hong Kong actor Francis Ng and mainland actress Li Bingbing.

Cage, on his first visit to Shanghai, said that he has had a wonderful time in the city. 

“I love the city’s architectures, cuisine, and most of all, the people,” said Cage.

From left: The jury panel of Golden Goblet Awards: Chinese actress Qin Hailu, Chinese director Jiang Wen, Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi, Turkish director and screenwriter Semih Kaplanoglu, American producer David Permut and Taiwanese actor Chang Chen. 

Mainland filmmaker and actor Jiang Wen, the jury president for the festival’s Golden Goblet Awards, brought his new action comedy film “Hidden Man.”

Jiang said that his affinity with Shanghai International Film Festival began in the 1990s. It is his fifth time to attend the film fest.

Hong Kong filmmaker and producer Nansun Shi, who is the jury president of the festival’s Asian New Talent Awards, told young filmmakers to persist in their film dreams, and their efforts will pay off one day.

The film crew of “Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings,” including director Hark Tsui and actress Carina Lau showed up on the red carpet. The film will be released in China next month. 

Hong Kong actress Carina Lau and Taiwan actor Mark Chao pose for photos on the red carpet of Shanghai International Film Festival on June 16, 2018.

Chinese actresses Yao Chen (L) and Ma Yili pose for photos on the red carpet of Shanghai International Film Festival on June 16, 2018.

Chinese actress Yu Feihong poses for photos on the red carpet of Shanghai International Film Festival on June 16, 2018.

Chinese actress Song Jia waves to the audience on the red carpet of Shanghai International Film Festival on June 16, 2018.

Hong Kong actress Charmaine Sheh poses for photos on the red carpet of Shanghai International Film Festival on June 16, 2018.

In the eyes of famous Chinese American TV personality Yue-Sai Kan, Shanghai International Film Festival has become the most influential film fest in Asia. It has also witnessed the progress of Chinese cinema.

Mainland filmmaker Han Yan’s thriller movie “Animal World” was the festival’s opening film.

The film fest will run till June 25. In addition to film competition for the Golden Goblet Awards and Asian New Talent Awards, film panorama, film forums, SIFF project and an international film market will also be organized.



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